WISH Charter School is a freepublic
independent charter school authorized by the Los Angeles Unified
The WISH mission is to maximize every
scholar's learning potential within an atmosphere of caring and
belonging. The WISH instructional philosophy rests upon the
concepts of hands on learning, meaningful instructional activities,
systematic instruction, and a collaborative group of professionals
working together to make the learning environment exciting for
students. Evidence-based teaching strategies will be tailored to
meet individual development.
WISH is modeled after the
award-winning CHIME Charter Elementary School in Woodland Hills,
which received the distinction of "Charter School of the Year" by
the US Department of Education in 2005. In April of this year, WISH
was named a SWIFT Knowledge Development Site by the University of
Kansas due to exemplary work implementing our core tenets - one of
only 6 schools in the US selected for this auspicious designation.
WISH has also been asked to host "Promising Practices" seminars for
district schools by the LAUSD.
Core tenets of the WISH
- Optimal Class Size: All Kindergarten through 3rd
grade classrooms have approximately 20 students. Grades 4
through 8 have approximately 25 students.
- Collaboration and Co-teaching: Highly qualified, credentialed
educators are partners in planning, teaching, and assessing each
child. In addition to classroom teachers, teaching
specialists support each grade level and move between classrooms to
enrich learning opportunities. Music, Art, PE, technology,
and specialty teachers utilize a co-teaching model to increase
adult to student ratios, provide tailored instruction, and
demonstrate best practices for all scholars. Each staff
member participates in a 30-minute debriefing session daily. At
this time, staff members reflect on the day and share a success,
challenge, and action plan for serving children better.
- Differentiated Instruction: WISH empowers and inspires
learners to reach their highest potential. With an emphasis
on academic achievement using a variety of modalities, developing
character, building technology skills, and a deep understanding of
the world, WISH prepares students to be leaders.
- Family Partnerships: The WISH Community Association (WCA) is
comprised of parents, students, teachers, staff members, and
community members. Working together, we have built an
incredible public school that is responsive to each student we
serve. Volunteers are central to the success of WISH.
The partnerships built with families have led to a thriving and
nurturing environment for children.
- All Students Growing and Thriving: Each class builds a strong,
inclusive community together! Each summer teachers attend
professional development institutes on gifted and talented
education, technology, and differentiated instruction. Important
academic, social, and ethical skills and attitudes are developed
when students with various strengths, needs, and backgrounds learn
- Affiliation with Loyola Marymount University's School of
Education: WISH has an affiliation with the LMU School of Education
that provides the ability to collaborate, continually study, and
improve the instructional model at WISH while maintaining "best
practices." LMU's nationally recognized School of Education is
located in close proximity to the WISH campus.
As part of our commitment to a
whole-person approach to education the WISH faculty and parent
association work together to raise additional funds to ensure that
all students receive high quality art, music instruction in voice
and theory, physical education, and technology instruction.
"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I
remember. Involve me, I understand." Chinese proverb
WISH adheres to the idea that people
learn best by utilizing the principles of the constructivist
theory. Constructivism emphasizes an internal-oriented approach in
which by asserting one's knowledge, as well as participating in the
learning process itself, learning is constructed by learner's
interpretation of their own experiences. Learners benefit from
working collaboratively in groups so that they can hear different
perspectives and accomplish the learning tasks with the help of
their peers and experts. Learning is an active process that is
facilitated when learners are given chances to express and evaluate
their own thinking.
WISH offers instruction in grades
Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade.